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Strategic Plan

2021 Strategic Plan

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Our Mission

To improve the health, education and vitality of the Ottumwa area.

Guiding Values







Our Role

We recognize and embrace the critical role that we can play in the community as a catalyst for positive change.

Strategic Priorities

We will:

  • Partner with economic development entities in their efforts to stimulate business recruitment, retention and expansion
  • Identify strategies to fill employment gaps and increase the number of individuals living and working in Wapello County
  • Support initiatives that equip community with resources necessary for healthy economic environment

We will:

  • Support efforts to improve early learning environments
  • Support programs that increase the number of individuals with degrees, diplomas and certifications
  • Support programs that provide exposure to career opportunities in Wapello County
  • Partner with education entities in their efforts to provide first class learning opportunities

We will:

  • Build and enhance brand and image of Ottumwa
  • Work in alignment with Comprehensive Plan to improve City appearance
  • Leverage City resources to spur economic development and quality of life offerings
  • Support opportunities for every resident to participate in the social, economic and civil life of the community

We will:

  • Support the efforts of our partners to remove or rehabilitate dilapidated housing
  • Partner with various entities to increase the local inventory of market rate housing
  • Through research and collaboration, Identify strategies to increase housing quality and quantity

Ongoing grant programming in alignment with mission to strengthen local nonprofits and strategically leverage resources for community impact.